An outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum, a fungus-like pathogen, has been found in Japanese larch trees at the popular Afan Forest Park trail centre in
While the tree disease, known as ‘sudden oak death’ in the
Forestry Commission Wales mountain bike ranger Carl Denham said: “Everyone who works in or visits the affected woodlands here in
"Bike washes are available at both Afan Forest Park visitor centre, opposite the car park, and Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre, opposite the bike shop."
The Penhydd trail, which was closed earlier this year for scheduled forestry operations, has been the worst affected so far, and extensive felling of infected larch trees is about to begin there.
Denham added: "The Phytophthora ramorum outbreak in the woodlands around the Penhydd Trail means more trees will have to be cut down there now, but we still hope the route will reopen in mid-2011."